Chief Housing Economist

| Austin
  • Amherst is revolutionizing the way U.S. real estate is priced, managed and financed in order to unlock opportunities for all market participants. Driven by data, analytics, and technology, Amherst has a 20-year history of anticipating where the next risks and opportunities are likely to emerge and designing actionable strategies for investors to capitalize on opportunities across residential real estate, commercial real estate and public securities. Amherst, along with its affiliates and subsidiaries, has more than 900 employees, $5 billion under management and approximately $15 billion under advisement and oversight.


    Amherst is seeking a highly motivated and seasoned professional with significant real estate experience to be the Chief Economist for our residential and commercial real estate businesses. This position is critical in enabling Amherst to pursue and meet its aggressive growth plans and strategic objectives. Building on Amherst’s strong quantitative analytics platform through the addition of more local and practical housing economics will significantly enhance the evaluation of existing/new markets and types of homes while also managing and mitigating risk. Success in this position requires demonstrated experience in a wide range of statistical and economic research on local market dynamics, home-building regulation and housing policy. Research topics include construction labor, environmental & zoning regulation and other changes that affect housing development.

    Based in Austin the Chief Economist will report into the Head of Research and Analytics. Over time we expect the remit will expand into a small team with additional economists that bring region or city expertise.

    Primary Responsibilities:
    Lead the effort to analyze existing and new markets for single family/multi-family portfolio expansion into new markets. The Chief Housing economist will manage the following functions:
    • Local market housing research: Track, surveil and analyze local market trends to better inform both the residential and commercial real estate investment strategies. Help identify areas and types of homes that are likely to outperform based on demographic, economic, RE project announcements, big corporate expansions / moves / layoffs and other local drivers. Provide support for market strategy for internal acquisition channels as well as designing portfolios for different external mandates.
    • Impact of federal and local government policies: Conduct economic research on housing policies and monitor developments in housing and real estate policies. Analyze local market trends for changes in zoning, building, labor regulation and other things that can materially affect housing.
    • Earned media/branding: Publish regular market commentaries on interesting real estate topics, present at conferences and help enhance the media/branding effort through content generation.
    Desired Skills/qualifications:
    • PhD in economics or related field
    • Proven track record as a housing economist or similar role with 10+ Years of experience
    • Self-motivated, results oriented and exhibits urgency in taking action
    • The ability to think strategically and act quickly will be critical to success
    • Absolute integrity
    • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively across organizational levels, and externally including with the media
    • A team player who leads by example and has built high performing teams.
    • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment and make quick data based decisions.


    What we offer:


    Amherst is a privately held corporation located in West Austin with beautiful views of Lake Austin and the loop 360 bridge in a modern workspace with open floor plans.
    • A competitive compensation package, annual bonus, 401k match
    • Flexible PTO, 8 paid holidays
    • Employer-paid benefits (medical, dental, vision, health savings account)
    • Professional career development and reimbursement
    • On-premise fitness center, locker rooms
    • Daily catered lunches, fully stocked kitchen with snacks/drinks
    • Relaxed casual environment and weekly/quarterly office events!


    Amherst is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or veteran status, and encourage all applicants to apply.

Read Full Job Description
Apply now
By clicking continue you agree to Built In’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • D3JSLibraries
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • HBaseDatabases
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • HadoopDatabases
    • AsanaManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement


Two offices around Austin at our HQ with beautiful views of Lake Austin in a modern office and our tech co-working space near Lady Bird Lake

An Insider's view of Amherst

What are some social events your company does?

Amherst is always participating in exciting events. From Dell Match Play to SXSW, Amherst engages in a variety of local events. We also host smaller events for employees such as summer BBQ's and happy hours. Nothing tops our holiday party, a true family celebration!


Director of Talent Programs

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm most excited about our Budget Revision Project! We were tasked with the challenge of moving a tedious process into a more user and mobile friendly system. This will allow the field teams to submit budget revisions from MSR Properties and have one system to manage the majority of their work. This excitement is why I love being a part of the team


Business Analyst

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

“At Amherst, I am able to work collaboratively with peers who have had years of experience similar to mine. The technology is current and evolving as the company grows. Therefore, my skills stay current and always improve.”


Senior Systems Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

My team is expected to create new IP (Intellectual Property) through innovation in software, hardware, workflow process and data. Our goal is to build franchise value/shareholder value, solve difficult problems through creative solutions, and improve over-all efficiency that in turn makes life easier for all of Amherst


Chief Technology Innovation Officer

What are some things you learned at the company?

Within my first year, I have acquired solid enterprise-level knowledge in developing .NET applications by using Angular 4+, ASP.NET MVC, WPF, Entity Framework, and advanced SQL. We’re transitioning into ‘React’ apps that I'm excited about as it will add to my tech skills. I like that we have autonomy regarding the tech decisions in development


Software Engineer

What are Amherst Perks + Benefits

Amherst Benefits Overview

Competitive salaries
Choice of Mac or Windows hardware
Flexible vacation days, paid holidays, and work from home options
Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, Life, EAP, and 401K with matching benefits
Stellar colleagues with proven track records
Free sodas, kombucha, cold brew, beer and healthy and unhealthy snacks at our Barton Springs WeWork location
Free lunch every day and breakfast tacos on Thursdays!

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Amherst provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Our coworking space near Ladybird Lake is pet-friendly!
Relocation Assistance
We offer relocation assistance depending on location and position.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like Annual individual budget for training, Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Amherst. allows employes to set aside 50% of working hours for learning.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Competitive compensation and bonus program. Flexible PTO. Health, vision, dental and long term disability coverage. Paid maternity/paternity leave. Attractive office space. Training certifications assistance. Daily catered lunch and stocked kitchens. Monthly birthday celebrations. Casual work environment with regular team-building outings. Breakfast Taco Thursday.

More Jobs at Amherst9 open jobs
All Jobs